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May 2016 Issue

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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  COMMITMENT PROFILE In the accelerated age of college foot- ball recruiting, a prospect that enters his junior year without any Division I scholarship offers is — somehow — already considered late to the game. However, that doesn't doom him to a career playing at a lesser level. Especially playing at an out-of-the- way program in southwest Michigan, where a prospect can see his film get out a little later and the pace can be a little slower, he can still end up with a top-notch institution. That was the case for Berrien Springs (Mich.) High 2017 defensive lineman Phillip Paea, who is rated as a three-star prospect and the No. 8 player in Michigan by He started his junior year with no scholar- ship offers and headed on unofficial visits to Ann Arbor for a couple of the Wolverines' early season home games with his teammates. It was the second of those visits — for the BYU game Sept. 26 — that finally saw him earn his first scholar- ship offer. Oddly, it wasn't the Wolver- ines, but rather the visiting Cougars, who broke the ice. Oregon followed during the year, but his third scholarship offer didn't lists Paea as a three-star talent and the No. 8 prospect in Michigan. PHOTO BY BRANDON BROWN Lineman Phillip Paea Chooses To Stay Close To Home

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